A Beginner’s Guide to Building a Rain Garden
Join us to take a virtual tour of the newly constructed rain garden at the Waterloo Service Centre and learn the steps involved in building a rain garden of your own!
Specifically, we will discuss:
- The benefits of rain gardens to make our yards healthier, reduce flooding, and attract pollinators
- How to assess your own property to determine if a rain garden is right for you
- The steps to take in order to plan out and construct a rain garden
- The important role of native plants in a rain smart landscape
- How you can receive stormwater credits on your water bill for managing rain where it falls using rain gardens and other techniques.
Rain gardens are constructed to capture a large volume of water, typically flowing out of a downspout. Rain gardens differ from conventional gardens because they are dug out and filled with a special mix of soil, sand and compost, enabling the garden to act like a sponge. They can provide habitat for pollinators and soak up rain so that it can reduce pollution and risk of flooding downstream.
Becca Robinson | Workshop Facilitator, Landscape Designer for Reep Green Solutions
During her tenure with Reep Green Solutions, Becca has helped over 100 property owners in Kitchener make landscape changes that are more resilient to climate change. She has led the design and construction of multiple green infrastructure projects on both residential and civic properties, as well as taught a series of workshops that help property owners develop their own sustainable landscape plans. Becca received her Masters in Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan and has practiced in Detroit, Michigan and Edinburgh, Scotland prior to landing in Kitchener.